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Smart Politics is a political blog at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute that provides data-driven, non-partisan analysis of public policy and elections for Upper Midwestern and national politics. Authored by Dr. Eric J. Ostermeier.

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tags: politics, University of Minnesota, public opinion, polls, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, elections


Blog Posts

Ron Paul Outraising Mitt Romney in 10 States on Feb 6, 2012 in Campaign finances, National Politics, PresidencyThe Texas Congressman has netted more large donor money than Romney in 10 states including Tuesday's caucus state of Minnesota.

The Walker Effect? Wisconsin Ranks Dead Last in Donations to 2012 GOP Field on Feb 6, 2012 in Campaign finances, Presidency, Utah, WisconsinUtah, Connecticut, and Texas lead the way in large donor per capita contributions to Republican presidential candidates with Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Indiana at the bottom.

How Frequently Do Oregon Congressional Districts Flip? on Feb 3, 2012 in Oregon, U.S. HouseThe opposing party has gained control of just 27 U.S. House districts in state history, or 11 percent of the time; Oregon is in the midst of its second-longest partisan turnover dry spell.

Media Overload on Mitt Romney's "Poor" Comment Comes Nearly Four Months Late on Feb 2, 2012 in Media, National Politics, PresidencyThe former Massachusetts governor served up a nearly identical quote at the Dartmouth College New Hampshire debate in mid-October.

Ron Paul: Don't Pin Me Down! on Feb 1, 2012 in Media, National Politics, PresidencyThe Texas Congressman is the only major 2012 Republican presidential candidate to take the debate stage without once wearing a lapel pin.

Candidate Code Names: Fun with Anagrams and the 2012 Republican Field on Jan 30, 2012 in National Politics, PresidencyWould Barack Obama rather run against "Metro Minty," "Ethnic Wronging," or "Cranium Stork?"...